An Unsung Hero...

Written By: Mrs. Maj Hussain

Let me acknowledge the efforts of Pakistan Army which has recognized the sacrifices of its men to the optimum. Though due recognition to earlier shuhadas had always been there but the motivation and ownership in the present era is above par. Motivated from this fact, I thought that I must also communicate to Hilal readers my story as the widow of a shaheed.


 anunsunghero.jpgEnter Summer 1972 – a son of this soil anxiously paces in his room, engrossed in his thoughts when he is startled by a knock. Before he has time to think, the door opens. On seeing a familiar face, he heaves a sigh of relief. “You have a package,” murmurs the delivery boy as he drops it and runs. He does not know but this is the highlight of the soldier’s month. Overcome by excitement he leaps towards the box, opening it ever so slightly. Joyous yet cautious, completely aware of how precarious the situation is. One misstep and it could be the end for him.

With his back to the door, he pulls out the contents – a book, a fresh pair of clothes and some sweets. Tears well up in his eyes, it all smells of home. He holds the book to his chest as he rummages through the clothes. There has to be something, he thinks, not ready to let go. He sticks his hand in the pockets, and they meet something. With trembling hands he unfolds the picture he had just pulled out. A defiant tear escapes his eyes as he stares at the picture of his newborn. In this moment he feels like captive; captivated by the beauty of his daughter’s face.

The jubilation in his heart knows no bounds, for expressions such as these keep his hope unscathed.
This is the story of many of our country’s daring men who have sacrificed their lives for their motherland. Below is the account of one such son of the soil.

Let me acknowledge the efforts of Pakistan Army which has recognized the sacrifices of its men to the optimum. Though due recognition to earlier shuhadas had always been there but the motivation and ownership in the present era is above par. Motivated from this fact, I thought that I must also communicate to Hilal readers my story as the widow of a shaheed. My husband PA-6776, Major Muhammad Hussain, Ordnance Corps succumbed to the torture of our callous enemy and eventually laid his life during captivity after the 1971 war in Meerut, India.

This unsung hero gave his life for the nation in the most perilous situation. This story began on March 4, 1942 when Maj Muhammad Hussain was born in a military family of village Buchal Kalan, District Chakwal. After receiving early education in Chakwal and Karachi, he joined Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul with 27th PMA Long Course in November 1960. Upon graduation from PMA he joined Ordnance Corps in April 1963. His first posting was to Quetta followed by stays at various places in Pakistan. On October 30, 1970 while serving as a Major, he was deputed as an ATO in 9th Division HQ, Kharian. Soon after taking over the post, the Division moved to East Pakistan.

As the 1971 war ended, the officers and troops were sent to various camps in India. One such camp was Number 40 in Meerut where Maj Hussain was imprisoned. At home, Maj Hussain was assumed missing until his name was published in the POW (Prisoner of War) list.

Although a detailed account of the day-to-day occurrences is not available, many of Maj Hussain’s colleagues elaborated on his general routine at the camp. Coupled with the few letters received from the officer it can be inferred that the general behavior of the Indian army towards POWs was cruel. In captivity, the officer was often taken to unknown places. However, what he endured there was neither shared by him nor the perpetrators. According to fellow captives who narrated on return, Maj Hussain would often complain of headaches and stay quiet for hours. This was in stark contrast to how his friends and family knew him: as a jovial and lively individual.

All captives at the camp were fed substandard foods, despite having received clear quality standards and instructions from World Health Organization (WHO). The food they were fed was mixed with grinded pieces of glass due to which many officers developed serious health conditions.

As a result of the torture inflicted on the officer, he developed some health issues. According to the letter received, meningitis took him over. However, according to his fellow POWs it was not a natural disease but was inflicted upon him through various tortures and other medical means. Maj Hussain was admitted in CMH Meerut on May 15, 1973. He was unable to identify faces at first but on May 17 or 18, he went into a coma, and on May 21, 1973 he passed away. He sacrificed his life but chose not to succumb to the demands of his enemy.

Major Muhammad Hussain left behind a wife and three year old daughter. He embraced shahadat and became a source of motivation and strength for the Army and his family.

His funeral was held in the Muslim graveyard at Meerut after which he was buried there as ‘Amanat’. At that time it was declared that the body would be returned to the family later on. In accordance with the promise, efforts were made by his family to get the body buried in Pakistan but the request was denied by the Indian Government. Today, I, his wife and my daughter find not his grave to meet him but know well that his soul must be around in his beloved Pakistan. The Indians were cruel then to kill a helpless POW, and cruel still to deny a grave to the family of a martyr!


She Makes the History: Maryam Mukhtiar, the First Female Pilot of PAF, Embraced Martyrdom

Written By: Syed Sajid Bukhari

“No one can defeat a nation that has daughters like Marium,” said Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Marium’s martyrdom. Marium Mukhtiar was born on May 18, 1992 in Karachi and she was the second eldest among her two siblings – a brother and a sister. She was the daughter of Col. (R) Mukhtiar Ahmed Shaikh and brought up in a sacred environment where passion for martyrdom always prevailed. After graduating in Civil Engineering from NED Karachi, she expressed her wish to join Air Force as GD Pilot. Her father knew the hard work involved in joining and serving the armed forces and knew it would not be easy. Marium was resilient and passionate so she refused to back down because she wanted to rule the skies. She joined PAF as an Aviation Cadet in the 132 GD (P) course in 2011.mariammukhtar.jpg She went to PAF Academy Risalpur with seven other female Pakistani cadets who underwent training and graduated as pilot officers. Pakistan is infact among the few Muslim countries in the world who has been employing women as fighter pilots and offering them the same training as their male counterparts since 2006.

Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar was commissioned in PAF Academy Risalpur on September 24, 2014 – the day she recalled as the most fortunate and jubilant day of her life. She was posted to PAF Base MM ALAM to get trained as a fighter pilot. She started to get this hard and rigorous training with full zeal and zest. On November 24, 2015 Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar and her instructor-pilot Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi were on their routine operational training mission in a PAF F-7PG aircraft. Over the Kundian, Mianwali area, about 175 kilometres southwest of Islamabad, the aircraft developed a serious technical malfunction.mariammukhtar1.jpg That was the critical time to decide, “to be or not to be”. The situation so developed that she and her co-pilot, Squadron Leader Saqib Abbasi had to eject from the aircraft. She lost her life during the process as she was forced to eject at low height to clear a populated area. Both pilots took care of the crisis with polished methodology and strength to save the aircraft till the last possible time, guaranteeing security of property and the human life. Maryam embraced Shahadat and became the first ever female pilot of Pakistan Air Force, who embraced martyrdom. She rightly said to her father, “When a pilot embraces martyrdom, you only find the ashes, not the pilot.”

In a condolence message, COAS General Raheel Sharif said, “She was indeed a role model for women and pride of Pakistan.” The martyred lady pilot has made history and we can only hope that her example will encourage other females to follow in her footsteps. The sombre loss of Flying Officer Marium Mukhtiar made the entire nation gloomy but proud as martyrdom does not end something, it is only the beginning.

Marium Mukhtiar, the first female fighter pilot to die on operational service, lost the appropriate height required for ejection as she stayed in the aircraft to maneuver it clear of the populated area.



اے جذبہ دل گر میں چاہوں

تحریر : میجر (ر) ندیم نصیب

1971 کی جنگ میں شہادت کا رتبہ پانے والیمیجر نصیب اﷲ خان شہید کی شہادت کے حوالے سے اُن کے بیٹے میجر (ر) ندیم نصیب کی تحریر


خود اعتمادی اور کچھ کر گزرنے کا جذبہ ہی وہ نعمت ہے جو انسان کو مثبت سوچ اور آگے بڑھنے پر آمادہ کرتی ہے۔ یہ سوچ اپنے وطن کے لئے ہو توعظیم قوم کو جنم دیتی ہے اور ایسے سپوت پیدا کرتی ہے جو ہر مشکل سے مشکل گھڑی میں اپنے ملک و ملت کے لئے بڑی سے بڑی قربانی دینے کے لئے بھی ہمہ وقت تیار رہتے ہیں۔ میجر نصیب اﷲ خان (شہید) بھی اس قوم کے ایک ایسے ہی بہادر سپوت ہیں جنہوں نے اپنی محنت سے نہصرف مقام بنایا بلکہ وقت آنے پر اپنی مٹی کو اپنے خون سے بھی سینچا۔


میجر نصیب اﷲ خان (شہید) 21جون 1939کو آزادکشمیر کوٹلی کے ایک گاؤں کنیات میں پیدا ہوئے۔ 1951 میں آٹھویں جماعت میں ملٹری کالج جہلم سرائے عالمگیر میں منتخب ہوئے۔ تاہم ابتدا میں انہوں نے آرمی میں اپنی خدمات کا آغاز سگنل کور میں بطورسپاہی کیا۔ مگر آگے بڑھنے کی لگن رنگ لائی اور 1962میں اُنہیںآئی ایس ایس بی کلیئر کرنے کے بعد پی ایم اے کاکول بھیج دیا گیا۔ پی ایم اے کاکول سے پاس آؤٹ ہونے کے بعد سی او ڈی کالا، پوسٹ کر دیئے گئے۔ عملی زندگی کے عسکری ادارے سے آغاز اور پی ایم اے کی ٹریننگ کے بعد ان کی صلاحیتوں میں نکھار پیدا ہو چکا تھا۔ اayjazbadil1.jpgس سوچ کی بنا پر انہوں نے پاک آرمی کے ایس ایس جی گروپ کو اپنانے کا فیصلہ کیا اور 9ماہ کی پُرمشقت تربیت کے بعد وہ اب بطور کمانڈو وطن کی خدمات انجام دینے کے لئے تیار تھے۔ جب مشرقی پاکستان کے حالات روزبہ روز ابتر ہوتے جا رہے تھے تب میجر نصیب اﷲ (شہید) کو آرڈر ملا کہ وہ ایس ایس جی کمپنی کے ساتھ موو کریں۔ جسے انہوں نے بخوشی قبول کر لیا۔

مجھے یاد ہے وہ دن جب میرے والد مشرقی پاکستان جا رہے تھے۔ میری ماں بہنیں بھائی اور سب احباب بہت پریشان تھے۔ میرے والد نے کھڑے ہو کر مجھے اپنے سینے سے لگایا۔ میرے دادا کی آنکھوں میں آنسو دیکھ کر بولے کہ ابوجان آپ تو پدری محبت کی بدولت آنکھوں میں آنسو لئے بیٹھے ہیں مگر میرا کردار آپ کی تربیت کا نتیجہ ہے جس نے مجھے یہ سکھایا تھا کہ وقت پڑنے پر اپنے ملک و قوم کے لئے جان کی قربانی دینے سے بھی دریغ نہیں کرنا چاہئے۔ آج میرا دیس مجھے پکار رہا ہے تو میں کیسے رُک سکتا ہوں میں اپنے بچے بھی آپ کے حوالے کرکے جارہاہوں اور یوں وہ یکم دسمبر 1971کو مشرقی پاکستان چلے گئے۔ میجر نصیب اﷲ خان (شہید) کمال کمپنی ایس ایس جی کی کمانڈ کر رہے تھے۔ جنگ چھڑنے کے بعد اپنے دشمن کے خلاف بھرپور کارروائیاں کرتے رہے لیکن آخر کار 16دسمبر 1971کے موقع پر بہت سے پاکستانی فوجیوں کو قیدی بنا لیا گیا اُن میں میرے والدِ محترم میجر نصیب اﷲخان (شہید) بھی شامل تھے۔ ان کو بھارتی فوج نے گرفتار کیا اور کیمپ نمبر 44 میں بھیج دیا۔ پہلے ہی ہفتے انہوں نے اور ان کے ساتھیوں نے کیمپ سے فرار ہونے کی کوشش کی اور اس مقصد کے لئے ایک سرنگ کھودی جو مکمل ہونے کے آخری مرحلے میں پکڑی گئی۔ میجر نصیب اﷲ خان کو کیمپ میں سینئر آفیسر ہونے کی بنیاد پر اس پلان کا ماسٹر مائنڈ قرار دیا گیا اور خطرناک ترین قیدیوں کی فہرست میں شامل کر کے انہیں اعلیٰ کمانڈ کے کہنے پر 40دن کے لئے کوٹھڑی میں بند کرنے کا حکم دیا گیا۔ جون 1972کو انڈین حکام نے اُنہیں مزید محفوظ جیل رانچی ریل گاڑی کے ذریعے منتقل کرنے کا فیصلہ کیا۔ راستے میں ان کے ایک ساتھی قیدی کیپٹن شجاعت جن کا تعلق 15 ایف ایف سے تھا واش روم گیا۔ اس امید پر کہ ہو سکتا ہے کہ فرار کی کوئی راہ ممکن ہو۔ اس نے ریل کی کھڑکی کی گرل کاٹی اور باہر چھلانگ لگا دی۔ یہ 30جون 1972کا دن تھا۔ میجر نصیب اﷲ خان (شہید) نے وضو کیا اور نماز ادا کرنے لگے۔ انڈین گارڈز نے اس کا ذمہ دار میجر نصیب اﷲ خان (شہید) کو ٹھہرایا کہ انہوں نے کیپٹن شجاعت کو فرار کرنے میں اس کی مدد کی ہے اور اب یہ بھی موقع پاتے ہی فرار ہوجائیں گے ۔ بھارتی فوج نے تمام بین الاقوامی قوانین کو بالاطاق رکھتے ہوئے دوران نماز ہی اُن پر فائر کھول دیا اور ان کے سینے کو چھلنی کر دیا۔ ا ن کے جسد خاکی کو پاکستان کے حوالے نہیں کیا گیا۔ہمارے ابو میجر نصیب تو شہید ہوگئے لیکن اُن کی شہادت کے بعد جس طرح ہماری والدہ محترمہ نے ہماری تربیت کی اور ہر کٹھن وقت میں ہمارے لئے ایک آہنی دیوار ثابت ہوئیں وہ بے مثال ہے۔ یہ امی جان کی تربیت ہی تھی کہ میری دو بہن ڈاکٹر بنیں۔ بڑی بہن ڈاکٹر ناہید نصیب نے کھاریاں میں نصیب شہید میموریل ہسپتال قائم کیا۔ چھوٹی بہن نبیلہ پاک فوج میں میجر ڈاکٹر ہیں۔ ہم دونوں بھائی میں اور کیپٹن ریٹائرڈ نعیم نصیب ملٹری کالج جہلم کے لئے سلیکٹ ہوئے اور پاک فوج میں کمیشن حاصل کیااور ملک کی اُسی انداز میں خدمت کی جس طرح ہمارے والد چاہتے تھے۔ میرا بیٹا ساھم نصیب بھی ملٹری کالج سے ابتدائی تعلیم حاصل کرکے پی ایم اے کے لئے سلیکٹ ہوا اور اب الحمدﷲ پاک فوج میں بطورِ سیکنڈ لیفٹیننٹ خدمات سرانجام دے رہا ہے۔ مجھے یوں لگتا ہے جسے ہم اپنے ابومیجر نصیب شہید کے اُس جذبے کے رکھوالے ہیں جو وہ اپنے ملک اور قوم کے لئے رکھتے تھے۔ پاکستان ہمیشہ سلامت رہے ہمارے خاندان کے خون کا ایک ایک قطرہ اس کی حفاظت کے لئے حاضر ہے۔


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